Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “male”

male

adjective uk   /meɪl/ us  

male adjective (SEX)

B1 describes men or boys, or the sex that fertilizes eggs, and does not produce babies or eggs itself: male students a male giraffe IT is very much a male-dominated industry. What percentage of the adult male population is unemployed? The male parts of the flower are the stamens and the anthers.
See also

male adjective (CONNECTING PART)

specialized engineering, electronics describes a piece of equipment that has a part that sticks out and can be fitted into a hollow part in another piece of equipment: a male plug
maleness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  

male

noun [C] uk   /meɪl/ us  
(Definition of male from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of male?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “male” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

mutant

an organism that is different from others of its type because of a permanent change in its genes

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More